Samsung Series 7 Chronos review

15.6-inch portable that packs power - at a price

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Cinebench: 16259
3D Mark: Ice: 44064, Cloud Gate: 5679, Fire: 661
Battery score: 327 minutes

We ran our usual benchmark tests on the Samsung Series 7 Chronos and found double the power of the top Windows 8 laptop-tablet hybrid here, along with processor performance that rivals the latest gaming laptops.

Combine that with a fantastic performance in our graphics tests and one can see that Samsung has created a formidable machine.

Samsung Series 7 Chronos review

Some of the latest laptop devices such as the HP Spectre XT, which is similarly priced and pitched, were blown out of the water by the Samsung Series 7 Chronos, and the score of over 16,000 in Cinebench is a reflection of its sheer power.

The only machines we've seen managing this level of score are gaming behemoths and slabs of thick plastic from Medion. To have this kind of power in a machine that looks this good is a pleasant surprise.

Graphics power was also impressive, and it delivered roughly double the power of laptops that use Intel's graphics chip, the 4000 HD. This is essential for users who have designs on heavy video editing or gaming, and you'll see the latest titles handed with aplomb on this mature and grown up device.

Samsung Series 7 Chronos review

While we wouldn't class this as an out and out gaming laptop, for those who consider impeccable frame rates on the highest settings a benchmark for greatness, those who'd like to play games such as the new Sim City, or even BioShock Infinite, should be able to manage a decent experience with the settings turned down.

However, this only really applies to the top-of-the-range Samsung Series 7 Chronos model, and if you're looking to save a couple of hundred pounds or dollars by plumping for the Core i5 model, you would need to revise these expectations.

Despite its weight, the Samsung Series 7 Chronos is cunningly disguised as a hipster's stylish companion, and we certainly wouldn't be ashamed to pull this machine out in our local Starbucks.

Samsung Series 7 Chronos review

However, as well as requiring a strong back it will also need plenty of battery to last the day - something not usually associated with gaming level laptops.

With all that power, battery life was shorter than average, but we still managed a decent five hours of movie watching in our real-life tests, which involve looping a high-definition video until it dies.

It's a good result from a laptop that's designed for the desk rather than the road, and it opens up the possibility of working in cafe, watching movies while traveling or just enjoying using your laptop in the garden.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity750 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerAMD
Graphics Controller ModelRadeon HD 6970M
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeBlu-ray Reader/DVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityDedicated
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product Family7
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Keyboard BacklightYes
Processor Modeli7-2670QM
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameSamsung
Processor Speed2.20 GHz
Processor TypeCore i7
Screen Size43.9 cm (17.3")
Number of Cells8-cell
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Standard Memory8 GB
Weight (Approximate)3.81 kg
Cache6 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM65 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots4
Optical Media SupportedBD-ROM/DVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 2 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologySuperBright
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
3D Type3D
Memory StandardDDR3-1333/PC3-10600
Height52.6 mm
Width409.8 mm
Depth284.8 mm
Screen ModeFull HD
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product Series7
Product Model700G
Product Name700G Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberNP700G7A-S01UK
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

For grown-up gamers the Samsung Series 7 700G7 is the notebook you've always dreamed of. Hidden within its discrete and elegant design is the most powerful graphics card currently available - the AMD Radeon HD 6970M 2GB GDDR5. It also includes the blistering processing power of the very latest Intel Core i7 processor, Windows 7 Home Premium and innovative Express Cache technology, so you can enjoy thrilling high-speed action all the way. An optimized Gaming mode and ergonomic backlit gaming keyboard also give you even more performance and control, while awesome 3D surround sound and a full HD 17.3" display bring games bursting into life. So if you want to play faster, bigger and harder, but do it with a real touch of style then you need to own the 700G7 notebook.

Package Contents
  • 700G Notebook
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year